Peter Robinson (born 17 March 1950) is a British-born Canadian crime writer. He is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. He has also published a number of other novels and short stories as well as some poems and two articles on writing.
Robinson was awarded a BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds. He then emigrated to Canada in 1974 and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University in Toronto. He is best known for the Inspector Banks series of novels set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale, which have been translated into nineteen languages, but also writes short stories and other novels.
Robinson was born in Armley, Leeds, son of Clifford Robinson (a photographer) and Miriam Jarvis (a homemaker). Robinson emigrated to Canada to continue his studies after completing his first degree at the University of Leeds.
Robinson lives in the Beaches area of Toronto with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and he occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93.
Robinson and his wife live in Toronto, Canada, but they have a holiday cottage in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Set in the fictional English town of Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales. Robinson has stated that Eastvale is modelled on Ripon and Richmond and is somewhere north of Ripon, close to the A1 road [sic]. A former member of the LondonMetropolitan Police, Inspector Alan Banks leaves the capital for a quieter life in the Dales. Since 2010 several of the novels have been adapted for television under the series title DCI Banks with Stephen Tompkinson in the title role.
- Gallows View (1987)
- A Dedicated Man (1988)
- A Necessary End (1989)
- The Hanging Valley (1989)
- Past Reason Hated (1991)
- Wednesday’s Child (1992)
- Dry Bones that Dream (1994) (published in the United States as Final Account)
- Innocent Graves (1996)
- Dead Right (1997) (published in the United States as Blood at the Root)
- In a Dry Season (1999)
- Cold is the Grave (2000)
- Aftermath (2001)
- The Summer that Never Was (2003) (published in the United States as Close to Home)
- Playing with Fire (2004)
- Strange Affair (2005)
- Piece of My Heart (2006)
- Friend of the Devil (2007)
- All the Colours of Darkness (2008)
- Bad Boy (2010)
- Watching the Dark (2012)
- Children of the Revolution (2013)
- Abattoir Blues (2014) (published in the United States as In the Dark Places) 
- When the Music’s Over (2016)
- Sleeping in the Ground (2017)
- Careless Love (2018)
- Many Rivers to Cross (2019)
- Not Dark Yet (2021)